Professors use SCOT for student teaching


    By Emily Stout

    Students interested in teaching and learning will meet Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004 at an informational meeting for Students Consulting on Teaching.

    The meeting will cover the different responsibilities people have as student consultants, said Brittany Hyatt, student coordinator of SCOT.

    “They”ll talk about teaching and learning, and the relationship between those,” she said. “The whole program is based around the relationship between teaching and learning and making sure the students are learning what the professors are trying to teach.”

    Students Consulting on Teaching is one of the services offered by the BYU Faculty Center. According to the SCOT Web page, student consultants serve as resources to instructors, providing valuable data to supplement student evaluations and peer reviews.

    Student consultants are trained by the Faculty Center, and can choose either to be paid or to volunteer with the program. To be involved, students must be interested in teaching and learning and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

    Taryn Nilsen, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., said she enjoyed working with SCOT the past two and a half years.

    “It”s exactly the things I like to do, helping with teaching and being able to invite student feedback,” she said.

    “I think that [feedback] is important, because I know in a lot of my classes people are always complaining about professors, and it doesn”t really do any good unless you can tell the professor what your concerns are,” Nilsen said. “This is a really useful program for being able to do that.”

    Professors have many different options to choose from when working with SCOT. One of the most popular, according to Hyatt, is the Interviewer, in which the professor leaves the room for a set period of time while the student consultant conducts interviews with the class.

    SCOT is also willing to work with professors in other ways.

    “If the professor is interested in requesting someone to come in then we”re more than happy to work with them and help them in any way they like,” Hyatt said.

    Students interested in SCOT may attend the meeting, which will be held 5 p.m. in 4450 WSC. More information is available at the SCOT Web page,

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